Art and automobiles recently came together in the most glamorous and luxurious way possible in the countryside of France. Chantilly played host to Richard Mille’s annual “Arts et Elégance Richard Mille”. Artists, performers and connoisseurs gathered at the Château de Chantilly to appreciate vintage supercars and art flown in especially from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The weekend kicked off with the inauguration of an exhibition dedicated to Poussin’s world-renowned painting Le Massacre des Innocents. Guests made their way to the exhibition while being serenaded with performances of Chantilly’s most talented singers and dancers. A stunning mise en scène of Dali’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus was performed at the front of the estate, while a moving rendition of Hallelujah was performed in the museum in front of Picasso’s Charnier.
Elegance was found in abundance at the fourth edition of the automobile contest. Ninety classic cars competed in the Concours d’Etat rally, while close to 800 competed in the Grand Prix des Club. The two rallies of the day saw rare and sporty supercars race against the clock. McLaren showed all in attendance the brand’s impressive range on the challenging Mortefontaine circuit. There was also a display of the most famous electric cars throughout automobile history, including the Jamais-Contente 1899, and the avant-garde Porsche Mission E, which boasted 600hp and a 500km range.
This year’s “Arts et Elégance Richard Mille” was even more special as it coincided with Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. Ferrari displayed 30 of its most gorgeous creations, all of which have participated in the 24 Hours of the Le Mans race, the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing. Among 30 cars were the legendary Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and 250 GTO. The lawn upon which the cars were displayed was designed by Le Nôtre himself.
A slew of Richard Mille’s most eminent partners and friends was spotted among the crowd over the weekend. Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean, Alain Prost, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Didier Drogba, and Frédéric Sausset were some of the big names spotted mingling at the Richard Mille lounge. Guests were treated to soothing French music from the Belle Epoque
On Sunday, Mario Lurashi and his team put on a stunning equestrian set to cap off an amazing weekend. Jean Todt, FIA President, then bestowed honours and prizes upon those with the best showing on the weekend. The incredibly rare Bugatti 57 S Atlantic and Ferarri 250 Testa Rossa took home the Best of Show awards in their respective categories.
Once again, Richard Mille has seamlessly combined art and elegance with an unforgettable event. The bar was set high, and excitement builds as we look forward to next year’s edition.